Coronavirus

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that an outbreak of COVID-19 had reached global pandemic levels. In a number of countries, the outbreak exposed shortcomings in public health and social welfare protection systems, making it harder to protect at-risk populations and reduce disease transmission. In responding to this crisis, governments should prioritize the right to health for all, as well as human rights. This means prioritizing science over politics, caring for those most at risk, avoiding censorship, and limiting lockdowns. Governments should also address the special concerns of people in prisons, jails, and migrant detention centers, older people, and people with disabilities in institutions. Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response >>